KEEPING THEM HAPPY DOWN ON THE POND!
Each winter DeBordieu receives thousands of visitors in the form of migratory waterfowl coming south from their Artic breeding grounds. This year has been no exception and we have been blessed with an extraordinary number of ducks and geese feeding and roosting on Bridge Pond. Careful management and the growth of native food sources, particularly Widgeon Grass, has encouraged these waterfowl to spend the winter with us in our Sanctuary Pond. So far this year we have counted over 14 species of ducks enjoying themselves feeding on the grasses and having the extra treat of lots of sweet corn.
The Waterfowl Observation Blind, located on Bridge Pond off Luvan Blvd., has become an extremely popular daily destination for DeBordieu residents to come and enjoy viewing the waterfowl as well as educating themselves and their families about different species of ducks.
Ducks Unlimited has supplied us with identification pamphlets to assist in that endeavor. If you have not yet taken advantage of this community asset, there is still plenty of wintertime ahead and the waterfowl should remain with us for another six weeks or so. It is particularly exciting to visit the blind in the late afternoon (with a warm drink if the day is blustery) to watch the ducks zoom in and out for their last feed of the day, but any time of the day will provide a great experience.
Please feel free to call me if you would like any more information about the work we have been doing to ensure the future of waterfowl within DeBordieu.